CAOBISCO talks dairy shortages after this week's European Commission conference

CAOBISCO concerned over dairy shortages

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Forecast butter and milk powder shortages could limit the EU’s ability to keep up with domestic and global demand, according to chocolate and confectionery trade group CAOBISCO.

Green bull? ‘Natural energy’ grows health claim wings

By Diana Cowland

The EU energy market is set to grow by €1bn by 2017 and much of that could come from ‘natural energy’, a sub-sector that has been boosted by recent health claim approvals, says Euromonitor International analyst, Diana Cowland.

Frutarom: “Now we want really to go deeper into functional foods.

Frutarom: ‘We want to expand our functional foods business’


Swiss-Israeli flavours and ingredients house Frutarom wants a greater slice of the global functional foods and drinks market with new investment and initiatives to tap markets like the Americas and Asia and the “sensitive” European market.

Choprabisco’s members include Belgian chocolate makers Belcolade, Neuhaus, Guylian and Leonidas.

Special EU protection proposed for Belgian chocolate

By Oliver Nieburg

The Belgian confectionery association Choprabisco is considering applying for protected geographical indication for Belgian chocolate to protect authentic producers from imitations.

Sticky problem: Degradable gum offers solutions

Mondelez moves to patent degradable gum

By Oliver Nieburg

The number two gum player Kraft (now Mondelez) has filed a patent for a degradable gum composition that is similar to one currently being assessed for novel foods approval in the EU.

Three million metric ton EU sugar deficit not expected to rise, according to Euromonitor

EU sugar deficit will not grow, says Euromonitor

By Oliver Nieburg

The EU’s sugar quota fell three million metric tons short of demand in 2012 leading to an 11% price hike, but the deficit is not expected to increase due to stagnant demand for sugar-based foods and health concerns, according to market analysts Euromonitor...

The vote was cast in European Parliament today

Big Vote - CAP Reform

EU sugar quotas extended to 2020

By Oliver Nieburg

EU sugar quotas will remain in place in Europe until 2020 after a vote on Common Agricultural Policy reforms (CAP) in European Parliament today.

Caobisco claims small confectioners are hardest hit by sugar quota regime

EU sugar update

Confectionery SMEs in Europe lobby for sugar quota abolition

By Oliver Nieburg

Small to medium sized confectioners in Europe yesterday lobbied the European Parliament to end sugar quotas in 2015; a regime they claim has led to inflated prices, scarce supplies, job losses and bankruptcies.

German confectionery exports took a dive due to sugar shortages, says BDSI

German confectionery exports sink to seven year low

By Oliver Nieburg

Germany confectionery exports were at the lowest level since 2005 last year as the market was hit hard by EU sugar shortages, according to the German confectionery Association (BDSI).

Extended sugar quotas puts small confectioners at risk, says CIUS

Extended EU sugar quotas bad news for confectioners, says CIUS

By Oliver Nieburg

The European Parliament Agriculture Committee's vote to extend EU sugar quotas until 2020 will have a negative impact on the confectionery industry and puts small and medium sized manufacturers at risk, according to European Sugar Users association...